YIGC Announcements for 5/23/2020
Parshas Bamidbar, Mevorchim HaChodesh
Today is Yom Yerushalayim, a day to thank Hashem for giving us back the city of Yerushalayim, and in particular the Kosel Hamaarvi. We yearn for the time that we can see the completion of the geulah process, and the rebuilding of the Beis Hamikdash.
A few days ago the Vaad Harabbonim of Cleveland sent out a letter to our community, to explain where we are at as a community going forward in the current corona virus pandemic. It was the conclusion of the rabbonim that going forward starting with Shavuos each congregation will determine their course of action as far as minyanim are concerned. The rabbonim have agreed that some baseline guidelines of safety be followed. However, the specific details of how each shule should operate will be left up to their own discretion.
With the above direction, our Young Israel is already working on a potential plan to begin having minyanim beginning with Shavuos. Strict guidelines of safety will be established, and anyone attending will be asked to follow those guidelines in order to attend. We will keep you posted as our plans develop.
Please don’t forget to bench Rosh Chodesh tomorrow. Rosh Chodesh Sivan is on Sunday.
We are adding the letter of the Vaad Horabbonim immediately below this message for those who may not have seen it.
Have a great Shabbos.
Letter from Vaad HaRabbonim—May 19, 2020
The past few months have been challenging on many levels. The gaping void left by our inability to daven with a minyan, attend shiurim in person, send our children to school, and interact socially with our family and friends, has confounded an already precarious health and economic situation. We admire the patience, perseverance, and compliance of our community members, and we shoulder the responsibility to guide them with the utmost love and reverence.
The combination of divine providence, and the community’s adherence to safety protocols, has spared us the gloomy projections that many predicted. Thankfully, the State of Ohio was proactive and aggressive at the front end of this pandemic, as was the guidance of the Va’ad HaRabbonim, closing shuls and restricting travel, amid other community issues. Throughout this time we have been in touch with medical professionals, and have remained alert to the community’s needs.
It is not yet safe to return to normal, and continued adherence to health guidelines remains crucial, but the State of Ohio is a few weeks into its gradual reopening. Our community has also begun phasing back into some of our essential practices. We have cautiously begun “Yard Minyanim” for Mincha/Maariv, and added Shacharis, all with carefully crafted guidelines in place (SD, masks, outdoors, limited capacity, etc.).
We have until now administered our guidance on a communal level, but at this time we have collectively deemed it appropriate, to move toward restoring the autonomy of our shuls. We are blessed with many vibrant and responsible Kehillos within the greater Cleveland community, and beginning Shavuos (5/29/20), each Kehilla will be responsible for its own administration. Shuls will decide for themselves if to open, and the best way to open. A myriad of factors, including diverse constituencies and venue size, create different situations and call for different courses of
action. It is in the interest of spirituality and safety that shuls tailor guidelines to meet their own complex needs. We ask that you refer to your shul leadership for specific details.
The Va’ad HaRabbonim will maintain general oversight to ensure that fundamental safety precautions are established in the shuls that decide to open. This will include safe social distancing, masks, hand washing, limited capacity, staggered minyanim, no children, and more. Shuls may decide to daven indoors, if deemed safe by leadership and keeping to the agreed upon protocols. Please do not expect your shul to be ‘back to normal’; it will be far from that. Also, please be in touch with your Rov and/or doctor if you are immuno-compromised, or have any other
concerns about attending.
The unity and loyalty of our community has been key to our health, and an inspiration to other cities across the country. As we restore shul autonomy, we ask that all continue to be united in consideration of others, and nonjudgmental as to how specific Kehillos choose to proceed.
As of the writing of this letter, the Governor has lifted his restriction on interstate travel, but is still discouraging it. We understand how difficult it has been for families not to visit with each other, especially for Yom Tov, and refer you to the Governor’s guidance. Anyone who does choose to travel to Cleveland for Shavuos will not be allowed to enter into any shul or public minyan.
We take this opportunity to remind the men, women and children of our community, that although restrictions on shuls, businesses, and other entities are slowly relaxing, it remains critical to refrain from non-essential movement or outings, and to follow social distancing recommendations at all times and in all places (e.g. wearing masks in public, six feet distance, etc.). This includes, but is not limited to, families congregating outdoors, essential outings to purchase food or household items, and employees in their workplaces.
We will continue to monitor the safety and feasibility of this course, and address other pertinent communal matters.
Let us pray that Hashem send good health to all, and that He continue to protect our community, May we merit Yeshuos and Refuos soon,
Va’ad HaRabbonim of Greater Cleveland
YIGC ANNOUNCEMENTS 5/23/20
Earliest Candle Lighting (and the earliest one can accept Shabbos) 7:13 pm
Latest Candle Lighting: 8:27 pm
Earliest time for davening Mincha: 2:10 pm
Latest time for davening Mincha: 8:20 pm
Maariv no earlier than 9:28 pm
Motzei Shabbos: 9:36 pm
Rosh Chodesh Sivan: Sunday
Mincha Sunday –Wednesday should be between 2:10 pm and 8:35 pm
Young Israel of Greater Cleveland invites you to a Shavuos Cooking Class with Shelly Klineman. Join us by Zoom on Sunday, May 24, 7:30 pm. $18 Registration Donation; To register call the YI office at 216-382-5740 or email email@example.com
Thursday, May 28 / 5 Sivan EREV SHAVUOS
Be sure to make an ERUV TAVSHILIN before Yom Tov begins*
Candle lighting: 8:32 pm
Brocha: L’hadlik Ner Shel Yom Tov & Shehecheyanu
Mincha: 8:35 pm
One should wait until 9:32 pm before making Kiddush.
Friday, May 29 / 6 Sivan 1st DAY SHAVUOS
Shacharis: 9:00 am at HAC & Stone Synagogue
Erev Shabbos Mincha: 7:05 pm
Candle lighting between 7:18 and 7:25 pm (please note the small window of time allotted for lighting candles)
Brocha: L’hadlik Ner Shel Shabbos V’Yom Tov & Shehecheyanu
Shabbos, May 30 / 7 Sivan 2nd DAY SHAVUOS
Shacharis: Stone 8:00/9:00 am HAC 9:00 am (Yizkor before Musaf)
Mincha: Stone 6:15/8:20 pm HAC 6:00 pm
Ma’ariv: 9:34 pm
Yom Tov ends: 9:42 pm
Refuah Shelaima to:
Rabbi Yankel Cohen (Refoel Yisroel Yaakov ben Baila)
Simi Neuman (Chaya Simcha Yehudis bas Zlata)
Rebbetzin Yocheved Feitman (Yocheved Rochel bas Rivka)
Mazel Tov to:
INFORMATION ON ACCESSING YOUNG ISRAEL SHIURIM
Monday, May 18, 8:00 pm. Shiur on Sefer Rus. It will be helpful to have a Sefer Rus handy for the Shiur.
By Telephone: 425-436-6349. Access Code 690134#
Wednesday, 8 pm Gemorra Shiur Telephone: 425-436-6349. Access Code 690134#
Sun.-Fri. 8:50 am Daf Yomi:
If using Zoom, contact Roby Simons at firstname.lastname@example.org
By telephone: dial 605-475-4000 Access Code: 697178#
Mon.-Fri. 7:30 am Mishna Brura By telephone: 425-436-6349 Access Code: 690134#
Daily shiur in Mishlei at 7 pm.
Access by Zoom: 646-558-8656 ID: 2553129681# If no Zoom, call 216-372-8330
Rabbi Simcha Zev Baum’s Daf Yomi Shiur:
8:00 pm weeknights and 9:45 Motzei Shabbos
The call in number is 1 888 422 0133 access code: 8962080#.
There’s also a computer zoom link:
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://parker.zoom.us/j/700130766
Rabbi Moshe Berger
TUESDAY EVENING WOMEN’S CLASS ON PARASHAT HASHAVUA: 7:30-8:30 PM
Skype option: if you haven’t connected to the class by Skype last week, please call me at 216 533 5233 any time before Tuesday noon and we will set you up.
Conference call phone option: Around 7:25 Tuesday evening, dial 605 475 4000, when asked for an access number, dial 697178*, and when requested, announce your name.
SUNDAY MORNING PARASHAS HASHAVUA [FOR MEN AND WOMEN]
Zoom option: Call Rabbi Berger [216 533 5233] for set-up instructions
(Sunday) 9:15 am Dr. Hillel Chiel’s Moreh Nevukhim shiur meets on Sundays at 9:15 AM via Zoom. The link to join is https://cwru.zoom.us/j/831643929
(Sunday) 9:00 pm Dr. Jeffrey Lautman’s Shoftim Shiur (2nd Perek). Access information:
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The N’shei Agudath Israel Family Library in Cleveland Heights and the Nishmas Miriam Jewish Children’s Library in University Heights have joined together to sponsor a community-wide writing contest for teens ages 10-13 and 14-17. The topic is “Reflections on Pesach 2020 and the Coronavirus.” Entries can be an essay or short story between 200-600 words that explains what they have learned from the events of the past few weeks. Teens can write about how their thinking has changed, how relationships have changed, and how their view of their role in this world has been modified. This contest is open to boys as well as girls. Contest deadline is June 10. For more information, please contact Mrs. Selma Hellman at 216-371-9138.
Kosher Food Pantry
Distributes boxes of food every Wednesday from 3-5 at the Torah Nursery, 1980 S. Green Rd (a few blocks north of Cedar). If someone is in need, if they would text 845-558-1529 in advance to let us know they will be coming so we can make sure we have enough boxes. The distribution is drive through.